Dacre Smyth

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Dacre Henry Deudraeth Smyth
Born (1923-05-05)5 May 1923
London, England
Died 3 December 2008(2008-12-03) (aged 85)
Toorak, Victoria
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch  Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1940–1978
Rank Commodore
Commands held HMAS Supply
Battles/wars

Second World War

Korean War
Vietnam War
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Legion of Honour (France)
Relations Major General Sir Nevill Smyth (father)

Commodore Dacre Henry Deudraeth Smyth AO (5 May 1923 – 3 December 2008) was a senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), an artist and a poet. He joined the RAN in 1940, and participated in the D-Day landings and the Battle of the Coral Sea before retiring as a commodore in 1978.

He was the son of the distinguished British general Nevill Maskelyne Smyth.[1] His mother was Evelyn Olwen (1884-1960), daughter of Sir Osmond Williams, 1st Baronet (1849–1927) of Castell Deudraeth, Penrhyndeudraeth, Merioneth, Wales. and his wife Frances Evelyn (1855–1926), daughter of John Whitehead Greaves.[2]

He served as Deputy Chairman of the Trustees of Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance and was a Life Governor of the Shrine. He became well known after his retirement for landscape and seascape painting, publishing fourteen books containing his paintings and poems. He married Jennifer Haggard in 1952, and had four daughters and a son.

Works[edit]

1. Smyth, Dacre (1979) The bridges of the Yarra: A book of paintings, poetry and prose; with a foreword by Sir John Bloomfield.

2. Smyth, Dacre (1980) The lighthouses of Victoria: A second book of paintings, poetry and prose; with a foreword by Sam Benson.

3. Smyth, Dacre (1982) Historic ships of Australia: A third book of paintings, poetry, and prose; with a foreword by Admiral Lionel Lockwood.

4. Smyth, Dacre (1982) Old Riverboats of the Murray: A fourth book of paintings, poetry and prose.

5. Smyth, Dacre (1984) Views of Victoria in the steps of von Guérard: A fifth book of paintings, poetry and prose; with a foreword by Sir William Dargie.

6. Smyth, Dacre (1986) The Bridges of Kananook Creek: A sixth book of paintings, poetry and prose; with a foreword by Chester Nevett.

7. Smyth, Dacre (1988) Waterfalls of Victoria: A Seventh Book of Paintings, Poetry and Prose.

8. Smyth, Dacre (1990) Gallipoli Pilgrimage: An Eighth Book of Paintings, Poetry and Prose.

9. Smyth, Dacre (1992) Immigrant ships to Australia: A ninth book of paintings, poetry and prose; with a foreword by Marten A. Syme.

10. Smyth, Dacre (1994) Pictures in my life: an autobiography in oils: A tenth book of paintings, poetry, and prose.

11. Smyth, Dacre (1998) Images of Melbourne: (an A to Z of the Melbourne scene): An eleventh book of paintings, poetry and prose.

12. Smyth, Dacre (2001) Australia from the air: A twelfth book of paintings, poetry and prose

13. Smyth, Dacre (2003) Australia from the sea: A thirteenth book of paintings, poetry and prose.

14. Smyth, Dacre (2005) The Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia: A fourteenth book of paintings, poetry and prose.

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